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hey guys i am new here lol my neighbor has an old ford escort zx2 manual in is back yard just sitting there and i am thinking about asking him about it and if i can buy it from him so i can finally have a project car but my friends all tell me that i just need to find a car for me that has a community and is worth putting my time and money into it so i am asking any of you guys out there what are some good mods for a zx2 and should i join this community with a manual zx2 let me know what y'all think i should do. ???
 

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First, welcome!

Second, look the car over for rust, especially the rocker panels and floorboards. If it's not rusty, it's worth tinkering with.

There are plenty of mods you can do to a stick shift ZX2. There was a factory "hot rod" ZX2 called the S/R, and all the parts from it will work on a regular ZX2.
 

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First, welcome!

Second, look the car over for rust, especially the rocker panels and floorboards. If it's not rusty, it's worth tinkering with.

There are plenty of mods you can do to a stick shift ZX2. There was a factory "hot rod" ZX2 called the S/R, and all the parts from it will work on a regular ZX2.
thanks for the advice and i looked at theres no rust that i can see just a lot o f work that i can do on it plus being my first project car
 

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There fun. Mine handles 45mph corners like 90 doesn't even feel like your speeding.
The first owner did the majority of the performance mods so I've been picking up those pieces. Smaller crank pulley, coil over packs, custom sway bar. It's not an r/s but I gotta few of those parts like the exhaust. Rear disks, struts. Ac and power steering delete. My 92 integra with a b20 swap was a bit faster but this one's been super fun. Does not drive well in the snow however I had fairly bald tires on it. For the right price and it's good condition. There's worse things to throw money at lol
 

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There fun. Mine handles 45mph corners like 90 doesn't even feel like your speeding.
The first owner did the majority of the performance mods so I've been picking up those pieces. Smaller crank pulley, coil over packs, custom sway bar. It's not an r/s but I gotta few of those parts like the exhaust. Rear disks, struts. Ac and power steering delete. My 92 integra with a b20 swap was a bit faster but this one's been super fun. Does not drive well in the snow however I had fairly bald tires on it. For the right price and it's good condition. There's worse things to throw money at lol
ayy i just hope i can make the most out of it and make it a great project car that i can make look good and sound good and drive well and tbh thinking about doing all that work and shii makes me excited
 

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Even with winter tires I was constantly using the hand brake to make the car turn in the snow, but otherwise it did fine. A limited slip diff would no doubt be very helpful, but they're expensive!
 

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The ZX-2 rides on the very slightly modified Mazda BG chassis, which was a quite successful popular race car chassis. It's exceptional light by todays standards ( 2300 lbs versus 2800 to 3000 lbs for todays compacts), so it can handles very well without needing huge tires. When it came out in 1998, it out handled the Corvette. The factory zetec motor with manual trans already could do 0 to 60 in about 7.9 seconds... right there with older hemi equipped trucks. The motor is designed for lower end torque, so its a good feeling street motor. With just bolt on improvements should be able to add about 20 HP and hit 150HP or maybe more. A good intake tube, modified air cleaner and a larger exhaust really open up the midrange and higher power. The crazy builds hit upwards 500HP. Repair parts are dirt cheap too.
 

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The biggest issue with these cars (other than rust) is that a lot of the aftermarket parts are no longer made. I found this out after inheriting my dad's ZX2, some stuff that I wanted for my first Escort that I can now afford to for this one isn't made anymore.
 

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I would suspect that you can find a lot more if you look under the Mazda 323 since the Mazda was the one with all the racing publicity. I think the only thing different is the rear suspension control arm setup in the 3rd gen escort. Zetec engine parts would tend to be listed under the Ford Focus.
 

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I would suspect that you can find a lot more if you look under the Mazda 323 since the Mazda was the one with all the racing publicity. I think the only thing different is the rear suspension control arm setup in the 3rd gen escort. Zetec engine parts would tend to be listed under the Ford Focus.
Nope. There are plenty of specific things that you can't get anymore and they can't be substituted with parts for a 323 or Focus. I've been in the Escort game for a long time and know how to look for parts.
 

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Biggest problem is the transmission. My Zx2 with bolt-ons, sticky tires, and an LSD nuked the transmission case. Dont do burn-outs or hard launches and its a decent car.
 

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Biggest problem is the transmission. My Zx2 with bolt-ons, sticky tires, and an LSD nuked the transmission case. Dont do burn-outs or hard launches and its a decent car.
That's kind of true with any car. You can put sticky tires on a stock Mustang and start breaking stuff at the drag strip.
 
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